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Human Resources presents "Identity Theft Protection" for faculty and staff in the HR Training Building. Identity theft has become a fact of life for many Americans. Participants will learn how it happens, prevention, "red flags," and what to do if it happens. To register, visit the website below. For more information, contact Debbie Fitzgerald at or visit

The Outdoor Adventure Program at VCU Rec Sports hosts a weekend trip of intermediate kayaking from Aug. 5-6. The cost will be $44 for students and $50 for VCU Rec Sports members. Register online or in-person at the Outing Rental Center by Tuesday, Aug. 1. For more information, contact Joey Parent at or (804) 828-8986.

The Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research sponsors the Research Mentor Training Workshop in BioTech One, Robert Ball Conference Room. Participants will learn mentoring skills, solve mentoring dilemmas and share strategies for success. This is a professional development opportunity for faculty with experience mentoring junior faculty, postdocs, and/or graduate students. For more information, contact Teraya Donaldson at or (804) 828-6671 or visit


Enhanced Security for VCU Login

VCU is continuing its effort to protect our community from cyber threats that may jeopardize the safety and security of our information. In the continued effort to enhance the security of accounts, the VCU 2Factor Authentication will be extended to major services such as Blackboard, email and VCU Portal in Aug. 2017. This upcoming change will provide faculty and staff members with additional protection for their VCU accounts. For more information, contact Information Security Office at or visit

OCPE Personal and Professional Development Programs

The VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education (OCPE) presents a variety of face-to-face and online opportunities for personal and professional development for VCU faculty, staff, students and alumni. Noncredit certificate programs include: Corporate Event Planning, Certified Wedding and Event Planning, Signature Wedding and Event Design, and Paralegal Studies. Weekend workshops in play therapy, and an evening workshop series taught by Certified Professional Organizers, are also offered. For more information, contact the VCU OCPE at or (804) 828-1322 or visit

Call for Abstracts: 'Patients and Practitioners: Partnering for Health'

The VCU Langston Center for Quality, Safety and Innovation hosts "Patients and Practitioners: Partnering for Health" on Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kontos Medical Sciences Building. The center seeks presentations to describe innovations that support partnering with patients and families to improve health care quality. To submit an abstract, visit the website below. For more information, contact Jamie Smalley at or (804) 828-5181 or visit

Wellness Employee Interest Survey

The Wellness Employee Interest Survey is being implemented to gather feedback from colleagues about worksite wellness activities and programs in which they may have interest in. To complete the survey, visit the website below. *Note: Completing the entire survey will take less than 10 minutes. Participants must complete the survey in one visit; work cannot be saved to return to later. For more information, contact Carrie Baines at or visit

Technology Updates for Centrally-Supported Classrooms

To ensure the best possible classroom experience, Academic Technologies staff are making changes to centrally-supported classrooms. All computers are being upgraded to Windows 10. These changes began May 15 and will continue throughout the summer. To report a classroom issue, email or call 804-828-1098 (Monroe Park Campus) or 804-828-3400 (MCV Campus). For more information, contact Houston Griffith at or (804) 828-2227 or visit

Upcoming Changes to A Lot

On Tuesday, Aug. 1, VCU Parking and Transportation will lose a portion of the A Lot, located at 212 N. 18th St. (behind the Exxon gas station). Monday, July 31, will be the last day VCU parking permits will be accepted at this location. In addition, the existing RamRide stop, located between 17th and 18th streets on East Grace St., will be discontinued after 8 p.m. on Monday, July 31. For more information, contact Barbara Kidd at or (804) 828-7275 or visit

Policy Points Summer Publication: Universitywide Policy Updates

The VCU Policy Program has published the summer edition of Policy Points, the quarterly notification bringing awareness to all universitywide policy updates. This edition of Policy Points reflects recent updates from April 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017. To view this edition, visit For more information, contact Tony Rapchick at or (804) 828-3982 or visit

2017-2018 Graduate School Mentorship Program Announcement and Call for Applications

The Graduate School announces a call for applications to the 2017-2018 Graduate School Mentorship Program (GSMP). The GSMP matches undergraduate and graduate students in mentoring relationships in order to expose undergraduate students to the graduate experience as they consider further study and to provide graduate students with the opportunity to develop mentoring skills as they share their own personal experiences with the undergraduate students in the program. Students are matched based on areas of academic discipline and/or interest. Students interested in being matched with a specific student must both indicate this preference on their applications. Graduate Student Mentor Applicants: In order to qualify, graduate students must be at least second-year and be in good academic standing. Interested graduate students should access the application via the GSMP website: Undergraduate Student Mentee Applicants: Preference is given to applicants going into their sophomore, junior or senior years. Undergraduates are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 throughout the duration of the program. Interested undergraduate students should access the application via the GSMP website: For more information, contact Amy Sarcinella at or (804) 827-4544.

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